Betting preview: Leicester City vs Arsenal – Consistent Gunners can halt goal-mad Foxes

The Premier League weekend kicks off with an intriguing battle between Leicester City and Arsenal – two clubs who are in good form, but who are also languishing in the middle of the table.

Leicester have been leaking goals at a worrying rate this season, but thanks to a surge in their own goalscoring numbers, the Foxes enter this weekend on the back of four successive victories.

Arsenal, on the other hand, will be looking to maintain their eight-match unbeaten run. Are the Gunners on the up or is this nothing more than a mirage created by an easy run of fixtures?

When, where and how to watch

When: Saturday, October 30, 12:30pm BST

Where: King Power Stadium

How to watch: BT Sport

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Best bets for Leicester vs Arsenal

Correct score 2-2 at 11/1

Arsenal to score first at 11/10

Both teams to score at 8/13

Two months can seem like a long time in soccer. That will undoubtedly be the view of Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta.

Nine weeks ago, the Spaniard was north London's public enemy number one following a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City.

Since then, Arsenal have enjoyed an eight-match unbeaten run with Arteta going from a frontrunner in the sack race to a possible replacement at FC Barcelona.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta celebrates after the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium

Here's the all-important questions though. Is the turnaround due to Arteta's tactical genius? Have the Gunners finally started to gel following a busy summer transfer window? Or have Arsenal simply taken advantage of an easy run of fixtures?

In truth, you could say yes to all those questions.

Arteta is an astute technician and has often received criticism from pundits for overcomplicated tactics.

But while the likes of Martin Keown would prefer the Arsenal players to boot the ball up the field and hope for the best, that's simply not the Arteta way. We are, after all, in the 21st century.

Arsenal celebrate

We must also consider the large influx of new players in key positions over the summer. Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Nuno Tavares are among the new additions who are still finding their feet at the Emirates. Considering the aformentioned trio are all 24 or under, it's no surprise they need a bit of time to adjust.

Finally, let's consider the fixtures. Just two of Arsenal's last eight opponents are in the top half of the table. Clearly an easier run of games has allowed the Gunners to build some much-needed momentum.

Leicester City could provide Arsenal with their toughest test since that dramatic defeat to Man City.

Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho (centre) celebrates the win after the Premier League match at the Brentford Community Stadium, London.

The Foxes have the same number of points as the Gunners but the fact they've scored 12 goals in four games will be something duly noted by Arteta.

Brendan Rodgers could also have Jamie Vardy back in contention - a man who has come to haunt Arsenal on more than one occasion.

All signs point to a potentially thrilling encounter at the King Power. With that in mind, our first selection comes from the correct score market. We've been bold and have opted for a 2-2 draw at a very tasty price.

Last three meetings

Leicester 1-3 Arsenal (Premier League - February 28, 2021)

Youri Tielemans opened the scoring for Leicester when the two sides last met. However, his sixth-minute opener was as good as things got for the Foxes.

David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe all got their name onto the scoresheet as the Gunners completed a solid win over high-quality opposition.

Arsenal 0-1 Leicester (Premier League - October 25, 2020)

It's almost a year since Leicester City's 1-0 victory at the Emirates.

Jamie Vardy scored the only goal as the Foxes sealed their first away win over Arsenal since 1973.

Leicester 0-2 Arsenal (Carabao Cup - September 23, 2020)

The Gunners booked their place in the last 16 of last year's Carabao Cup with a 2-0 win at Leicester.

An own goal from Christian Fuchs opened the scoring before Eddie Nketiah's 90th-minute strike secured the win.

Last 10 head-to-heads

Leicester wins: 4

Draws: 1

Arsenal wins: 5

Leicester goals: 15

Arsenal goals: 15

Key players return to the fold as Arsenal eye hat-trick

Despite injury and illness concerns, Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Pablo Mari and Kieran Tierney should all be at Mikel Arteta's disposal come Saturday afternoon.

That is great news for the Arsenal boss who has almost his entire squad to choose from; the one exception being Granit Xhaka who remains on the sidelines.

Ben White, Arsenal, Fantasy Football

The Gunners prevailed on their last two visits to the King Power and the positive squad news will fill them with confidence as they look to complete a hat-trick of wins at Leicester.

Considering their good run of form and the fact they opened the scoring in seven of their last eight games, our second selection is to back the visitors to score first.

At 11/10, Arsenal certainly provide good value in a market they've dominated over the past nine weeks.

Has Leicester's formation change worked?

Brendan Rodgers will be pleased by the fact his side are coming into this game on the back of four successive victories. The one thing that won't be so pleasing is the sheer volume of goals that his team has been conceding.

That, of course, is nothing new. The Foxes have been leaking goals all season long. The only change is that in recent weeks, they've been able to find the net themselves at an incredible rate.

Brendan Rodgers Leicester City Aug21

In fact, the real shift in fortunes began with the Manchester United win two weeks ago. It was on that day that Rodgers made a bold move to start with a back three. He hasn't looked back since.

Question is, will he stick to the winning formula or will he look to tinker and attempt to solve the issue of his leaky defence?

One way or another, goals are expected to be flying this Saturday afternoon. With that in mind, both teams to score is a necessary inclusion to our betting slip.

Goalscorer bets for Leicester City vs Arsenal

We have spoken in depth about goals but we're yet to mention who's going to score them. Don't worry, we're getting to it.

The first man to consider is Jamie Vardy. The Leicester frontman loves to terrorise Arsenal having scored 11 goals in 13 games against them.

In fact, the former England international has scored more goals against the Gunners than any other opponent.

Another player to consider is Patson Daka. Many believe the 23-year-old is the ideal long-term replacement for Vardy and his four goals against Spartak Moscow last week did his cause no harm.

From Arsenal's perspective, we have to mention the regulars.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in his last three outings for club and country and at 6/4, he's worth a shot.

Alexandre Lacazette, on the other hand, offers slightly longer odds. The Frenchman has not enjoyed a lot of game-time. Yet despite this, he has scored twice from his last five outings for the Gunners.

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